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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​כי הות אמינא מילתא הוה אקשי ליך עשרין וארבע קושייתא ונפריקנא להון עשרין וארבעה פרוקי וממילא רווחא שמעתא


Feb
6
comment Was Rav Hai Gaon a kabbalist?
Rabbi Moshe Butril also says the following (Commentary to Sefer Yetzira 3:2): לא יכנס שום אדם בזה הפרד"ס שלא עיין בחכמת הפילוסופיא כי הא-להים חכמת הפילוסופיא נקשרה בחכמת הקבלה כמו שלהבת בגחלת No man should enter "Pardes" who was not studied in depth the wisdom of Philosophy for, by God, the wisdom of Philosophy is connected to the wisdom of Kabbalah like a flame to a coal.
Feb
6
comment Was Rav Hai Gaon a kabbalist?
Can anyone produce a link to the Sefer Hakemitza itself or find any older references to it?
Feb
6
comment Candles on Purim?
@ba eh.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Feb
6
comment Can any kohanim trace all the way back to Aaron?
They have names from the besht to the temple?
Feb
5
reviewed Looks Good What does “Ribbono Shel Olam At” mean?
Feb
5
comment Why do we venerate previous generations?
@Danield I never suggested you criticized nikmasi. If anything you tried to criticize his argument (but failed). Your new question to him is formulated much better.
Feb
5
comment Was Rav Hai Gaon a kabbalist?
Might as well quote this mentioned later in that thread.
Feb
5
comment Why do we venerate previous generations?
@Danield I did not misunderstand your comment. But that doesn't make your criticism of nikmasi not fallacious. || So you think there is a total ordering of all Jews, just this gemara (and possibly no gemara) gives us the tools to make define it? If so, how come we follow Rambam sometimes and Rashi sometimes? Even if we can't determine who was greater by date of birth, still one of them is.
Feb
5
awarded  Enlightened
Feb
5
comment Why do we venerate previous generations?
So why don't we rule like the Baal haMaor over the Rambam? (Incidentally, do you think Neptune exists?)
Feb
5
comment Why do we venerate previous generations?
@Danield Above, you attacked a straw man instead of nikmasi's point. He never said the statements made in the Talmud cease to become relevant in later generations. Only you did, and then you attacked it with the implication that statements of the Talmud are always relevant in later generations.
Feb
5
comment Why do we venerate previous generations?
@nikmasi So am I... Even non-fools use incomplete analogies as Taamei haMitzvos. See, for example, all taamei hamitzvos ever.
Feb
5
comment Was Rav Hai Gaon a kabbalist?
So you are saying that although there are Kabbalistic writings which claim to come from Hai Gaon via Paltai Gaon, it is unlikely to be true because Paltai Gaon lived well before Hai Gaon?
Feb
5
comment Why do we venerate previous generations?
@nikmasi What need is there to "m'yashev"? If the story happened, then the statement was meant as drush or some sort of incomplete analogy (which is what all ta'amei hamitzvot are anyway).
Feb
5
comment Why do we venerate previous generations?
@Danield Straw man! They continue to be relevant in asserting that that generation was not as impressive as the previous one. Alternatively, that none of us are Nevi'im.
Feb
5
reviewed Approve suggested edit on One-in-Sixty Versus Roiv- Why both?
Feb
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
5
comment Breakdown of Yirmiyahu's 70 year prophecy
@Menachem "correct": Do you mean do all Jewish sources agree on that? Definitely not. In fact, I've never actually seen anyone explicit who views Yirmeyahu 25 and 29 as separate prophecies, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. The whole correlation to absolute years is a little wacky because kings don't always die on New Years (as noted already by Rava).
Feb
5
comment Why do we venerate previous generations?
I'm sure that's what all secular people are thinking every time they all don't respect their elders. Does this imply that Amram was greater than Moshe? Also how does this relate to Halacha where knowing future questions may sway your opinion?
Feb
5
comment Breakdown of Yirmiyahu's 70 year prophecy
@Menachem Exactly my point. Koresh is right, not mistaken or unreal. (Incidentally, you should know there is lot of slight variations on all the years in Jewish sources, even before trying to understand the secular chronology, so don't think what is presented above is the absolute definitive meaning of Yirmeyahu.)